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Microsoft to update Bing for Windows phone 7

Microsoft has announced that it will add several new features to its search engine 'Bing' for Windows phone 7, the new update will be available along with Mango update (next update of the OS).

The next update of Windows Phones 7, known as the ‘Mango’ update, will come along with an updated Bing search engine.

According to latest Windows Phone Developer Podcast, the updated search engine will have several additional features including the Bing Audio, which allows users to recognise songs (it will display the name of the title, artist etc) and will provide a link to the Zune store (Windows phone 7 applications market) for purchasing music.

Another feature called ‘Bing Vision’ allow phones’ camera to read barcodes and perform OCR scans (read text written on a picture or document, like reading business cards etc), and provide support for augmented reality apps.

Bing Maps will also be updated, and will now feature turn-by-turn voice directions. A native podcast (similar to broadcast but delivered on phones and tablets or PC instead of TV) player is also said to be included, as well as a voice-to-text feature for texting while your hands are busy.

Now the bad news, Mango update is expected by the later part of 2011 (what does that mean, even we don’t know), till then keep waiting.

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